So here's the thing. Sunday Sew-Day happened right on schedule. Unfortunately, my photograhusband has been MIA during daylight hours for the past couple days with pre-holiday work stuff. So today we get to play catch-up, cool?
This weekend I picked up a super-soft, super-huge jersey dress in that beautiful blue I've been harping on for weeks now. (I swear, this is it and then I'll move on, k?) This 2XL piece cost me only $3 and is going to make an awesome maxi skirt. Every time I wear a maxi skirt, I think, "Wow, this is comfy. I should wear these more often." And then I inevitably fall back into my jeans-wearing ways. But this time it'll be different. This time I'll change. I promise, baby, I can change.
Step one was removal of the skirt just below the waistband.
Then I cut the top off the waistband as well.
I opened up the side and shoulder seams to see how much fabric I had.
I was able to get a new waistband out of the top back panel - a simple rectangle about 6 inches shorter than my waist measurement (to make it snug enough to stay up) and as wide as I could get it, about 9 inches.
I sewed the ends together, right sides facing with a straight stitch.
Then I partially turned it right-side-out so it was folded in half. I pinned the raw edges to hold it together like that and set it aside for a minute.
With the skirt, I wanted to keep the fullness at the bottom, but needed to take in the waistband about 6 inches. So I took in both side seams by 1.5 inches, tapering out as I went down. Again, I used a straight stitch, and I trimmed off the excess afterward.
I inserted my skirt, right-side-out, into my folded waistband and pinned the edges.
I sewed all the way around with a zig-zag stitch to maintain stretchiness.
And I was all done!
The great thing about maxi skirts, besides comfort of course, is their versatility. I plan to wear this during the winter with tights and boots. And in the summer I can toss the tights and throw on some thongs! (Sorry, I had to do it for alliteration's sake. I mean flip-flops, not uncomfortable underpants.)
I can even fold the waistband over and pull the skirt up a bit if I'm wearing shorter shoes and don't want to be walking on the bottom of my new skirt. I do wish I had made it just a bit tighter though. I thought 6 inches was a big enough negative ease to work, but apparently I underestimated the stretchiness of this fabric. It's tight enough to stay up, but yeah, it could stand to be a little tighter.
Happy holidays to anyone who celebrates! I will be traveling this week, and thus not crafting. I'll be back in the new year with all new goodies to show you!